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Squash Brownies

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There are lots of squash at the moment, so it is time to find good use for them.

This is a  brownie-variant with squash. It turned out very well and keeps fresh and  juicy because of the shredded squash.

Ingredientr:

4 dl shredded squash
2 dl rapeseed oil
4 eggs
3 dl cane sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
1 dl graham flour
3 dl flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp coarse salt

Stir everything  together and put the dough in a little baking pan lined with baking paper.
Bake for  35 minutes at  175 degrees

A Curious Indian Cadaver - Shamini Flint

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A Curious Indian Cadaver by Shamini Flint
I like to read crime series  - probably the joy of recognition 😊
and I also find it interesting  and amusing when it takes place in different countries.
I have previously blogged about Alexander McCall Smiths series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which takes place in Botswana, and Martin Walkers series: Bruno, Chief of Police , which takes place in Dordogne,  France.

This  series: Inspector Singh Investigates, where I am now reading number 5 in the series, takes place in Singapore and India.
The main character, Inspector Singh is a somewhat overweight Sikh with a wife from a very numerous family, and one who holds very steadfast opinions. He is successful in solving murder cases, but by his superiors probably the least appreciated murder cop.
In this novel he is on medical leave, and is persuaded by his wife to travel to India with her and participate in one of her relatives' wedding.
Here  Singh  must solve both murder, terror…

Evening Primrose

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Evening Primrose - Oenothera biennis

The Evening Primrose shows up different places in the garden. This one has chosen to grow right outside the front door where it lights up in the evening. In Danish it is called 8 o'clock flower because that is the time the flowers open up. The plant is biennial. If you once got it in the garden  think  it will continue to show up in different places provided you let it stay. It is hard not to let it grow where it wants due to its beautiful yellow color. 

I have read it is edible with a mild creamy taste. I haven't felt the urge to try. I am not that fond of eating flowers. 
But mainly the whole plant should be edible - from root to flowers, and the plant has been used by the North American natives both as food and for medicinal purposes.

The seeds are used for oil, and can also be roasted and used as sesame seeds. 

Blackberry Pie with Tosca-topping

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Now is time for blackberries. The warm weather has made for an early harvest, and lots of berries


That means blackberry pie 😊🌞

Ingredients:

Shortcrust for bottom crust
125 g butter
3 Dl flour
½ Dl sugar
1-2 tbsp water

Stuffing:
400 g blackberries
1 tbsp potato flour

Top:
75 g butter
1 Dl sugar
2 tbsp flour
75 g coarsely chopped almonds
1 egg

Combine butter, flour and sugar and add water little by little until the dough is smooth but not sticky.

Bake in a  i pie dish for  10-12 minutes at 200 degrees.

Stir the potato flour and the balckberries  gently together while the shortcrust is baking.

Make the Tosca-top. Melt butter , sugar, flour and almonds together. Take it off the heat and let cool a bit before adding the egg.Stir well together.

When the bottom crust is ready, pour in the berries and then distribute the Tosca-topping evenly over the berries.

Bake  20 minutes at  200 degrees.

Servere with whipped cream

Dish Cloth 67

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Cast on 60 stitches and knit 6 rows and the pattern. Remember to start and end all rows with 3 k. When the cloth has the desired length you knit 6 rows and bind off.

Pattern:

1.row: 2 k, 3 p, 1 k 2.row: 1 k, 3 p, 2 k 3.row: 1 p, 5 k 4.row: 5 p, 1 k 5.row: 1 k, 1 p, 4 k 6.row: 4 p, 1 k, 1 p 7.row: 2 k, 1 p, 3 k 8.row: 3 p, 1 k, 2 p 9.row: 3 k, 1 p, 2 k 10.row: 1 p, 3 k, 2 p 11.row: 2 p, 3 k, 1 p 12.row: as row 4 13.row: as row 3 14.row: as row 6 15.row: as row 5 16.row: as row 8 17.row: as row 7 18..row: 2 p, 1 k, 3 p



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Dordogne 3 - La Roque Saint-Christophe

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The Chalk cliff is 1 km long and  rises  80 meters above the Vezere river. It is made of five terraces , and was hollowed out by the river, frost and ice in the glacial age 60 million years ago.
The cliff offered shelter to the hunter-gatherers and was possibly first inhabited by the Neanderthal people 50000 B.C., and later by the  Cro-Magnon people 25000 B.C. People have lived here in Bronze - Iron  and Middle Ages until 1588 when the place was destroyed during the Wars of Religion.



The greatest period was the Middle Ages where bishop Frotaire of Périgueux decided to built a fortress to protect the inhabitants against  Norman invasions, but already in the Bronze Age it many people lived here.










Dordogne 2 - Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

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Jardin de Marqueyssac is situated only 1½ km from Camping la Cabane
It is a fantastic area with garden and park where  150.000 boxwoods are pruned twice a year with hand-shears, and the finest shapes occurs.









The garden and park is situated 130 meter above the river. The cliff and calcareous soil makes growing circumstances special. The cliffs will absorb heat in daytime in summer and release it at night, and the river provides  haze and fog in winter and  thereby shelter the plants from the frost. That makes it possible for plants that normally grows in warmer climate to thrive here.
There are various sinuous walks - more  than 6 km - and some with wonderful views to the valley.
Here different pictures  from the park:






Dordogne 1

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As mentioned in the blog about Martin Walker's Bruno Courrèges series, we went to Dordogne to experience some of the places and the atmosphere described in the novels. We stayed in a quiet, lovely camp site,  where  we camped about  10 meter from La Dordogne, The camp site is situated about 12 kilometers from Sarlat. It is called  Camping la Cabane.

While we stayed there hot air balloons floated over the place. A center for hot air ballooning was not far away.



From the camp site a lovely view to  Château de Castelnaud situated on the other bank of the river.


From the camp site we could  take a bike ride on a path along La Dordogne to  the castle in Beynac.




















Vallé de la Dordogne is the valley with the five castles.

We went to  Sarlat too, on a day with a market, and that is always a nice experience in France.